Staff

Morgan Vega Gomez

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Morgan Vega Gomez (she/her/hers) received a B.A. in English from Bridgewater College. She is now a Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication graduate student at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she also works full-time as the Employer Marketing Coordinator. When she’s not studying or working, Morgan is reading young adult books, writing novels, and creating BookTube videos. She is passionate about publishing and books that uplift women and underrepresented voices.

Raquel Escobar

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Raquel Escobar (she/her/hers) has lived in Tucson, Arizona for her entire life, and is a firm believer in the unparalleled beauty of a Tucsonan sunset. She is currently attending the University of Arizona Honors College as a National Hispanic Scholar and UA National Scholars Award Recipient. After her expected graduation in 2020 with a major in Gender and Women’s Studies, she plans to attend graduate school. Raquel dreams of fusing her passions for creative writing and education with an ever-growing commitment to disability and LGBTQ+ activism. Ultimately, she hopes to help cultivate a world in which disabled and LGBTQ+ individuals can find inspiration, security, and community everywhere they look.

Tina Howard

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Tina Howard (she/her/hers) grew up in small town Iowa surrounded by strong vocal women. She left for NYC in 1985 to study dance and Theater, later relocating to Chicago. Tina worked in Community Outreach building edible gardens all over the city including Cook County Corrections. She was also part of amazing group of humans who started GirlsRock!Chicago a Rock n’ Roll camp for girls. Tucson became home in 2012 and a deep love of the desert abides. Tina loves the words and music and movement of women. Tina is a community activist with particular interest in Trans and Migrant issues.

Lisa Bowden

Lisa Bowden (she/her/hers, they/them/theirs), Publisher and Co-Founder, is the editor of Autumnal: A Collection of Elegies, co-editor of Powder: Writing by Women in Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq, and co-adapter and director of Coming in Hot (a play based on Powder). She has developed Kore’s 25-years long list of titles and artists, and award-winning community programming as a Publisher, literary activist, artist, editor, and intersectional feminist culture worker. She is a recipient of the University of Arizona English Department 2018 Alumni of the Year Award, Maryann Campau Fellowship for poetry from the University of Arizona Poetry Center and a Woman on the Move Award from the YWCA. A poet who has worked with an improvisational ensemble of dancers, writers, and musicians, Lisa studied English and Philosophy at the University of Arizona and in London. She lives in Tucson with her partner Eve and daughter Djuna. Her poetry can be found at backroomlive.wordpress.com, Spiralorb.net, and thedrunkenboat.com.

Ann Dernier

Ann Dernier (she/her/hers), Managing Editor, has served Kore Press in a significant editorial capacity since 2004. She is the editor of The Best of Kore Press, 2012 Poetry. She was director of the Tucson Writers’ Project at the Tucson Public Library and a juried artist on the Arizona Commission on the Arts Teaching Artist Roster. She received a B.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her collection, In The Fury (Grey Book Press, 2015), was a finalist for the 2013 Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry and a semi-finalist for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series for Poetry First Book Award.

Jussara Esprit

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Jussara Esprit (she/her/hers), Submissions Manager, is a graduate from The Honor’s College at The University of Arizona, where she is majored in English Literature. After finding her voice in writing and passion for reading, she works at at Brokerage Firm in Phoenix and volunteers with Kore Press in her spare time to empower other women through literature. Although her family and friends disagree, she is a comedian.

Sahar Mitchell

Sahar Mitchell (she/her/hers) grew up on the East Coast but has made the Southwest her home for the past 17 years. She is one of few graduates of both Wellesley College and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. Sahar is the Managing Director of the Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts and can be seen engaging in shenanigans with the Strange Family Circus. Sahar has won several poetry slams in Phoenix, AZ with her dynamic writing and performance style and has recently turned her focus to writing short stories and creative nonfiction. Sahar’s work has appeared in the literary and art magazine SandScript where she won First Place in the prose competition for the 2016 publication.